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This House Is Not for Sale by E.C. Osondu

In This House Is Not for Sale, the eccentricities of life itself, particularly life in Africa, are illuminated through the inhabitants of the Family House—a place that functions as a … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

In The Golem and The Jinni, two otherworldly creatures navigate life and don’t quite blend in to the immigrant communities where they find themselves in late 19th century New York … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

I’d heard that The Bishop’s Wife was a fascinating mystery and when I saw it at the library shortly before I was on my way out of town, I picked … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club Reads: The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

I found The Gravity of Birds to be a riveting read. I learned about it because one the book clubs I attend at One More Page Books chose it for … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

In Balm, three different characters try to find their way to healing after the Civil War while battling the ghosts of the past in the sprawling city of Chicago, a … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Gone Crazy in Alabama is the last book in a trilogy from Rita Williams-Garcia about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Gaither, three African American sisters growing up in the 1960s. Each … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

I’ll be brief because writing this feels so blasphemous and disloyal—I do not have high praise for Toni Morrison’s latest novel. I wrote a lot of notes while reading it … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

When my own mother gave me this book last year, I was not a mother. I had read a lot of Maya Angelou’s work, and while I didn’t have the … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

You may know that with the help of her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote a book series to tell of her family’s days of trying to … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

Lalita Tademy’s Citizens Creek illuminates an unheralded facet of black life in America: the lives of African Americans who were enslaved by Indian tribes. The story centers on a fictionalized … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment
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